‘Tis the season for joyous celebration, grateful hearts and goodwill to all.
Let’s throw in some guilt-free and oh-so-divine gift-giving and receiving, shall we?
Here we’ve compiled our favorite gifts for photographers to give and get. What will you add to your wish list?
Light it right. Profoto’s OCF Beauty Dish is a foldable and super-portable light shaping tool. When packed up, it fits in a carrying bag that you can stow in a backpack. When shooting on location, this beauty (pun intended) is the go-to for anyone who loves a subtle, evenly soft look. For lovers of light, this will be a treasured gift, especially when paired with Profoto B1 and B2 off-camera flashes. $179
Good things come in small packages. Leica has announced its first instant film camera, the Sofort, and we’re smitten. Shoot in auto or a handful of preset modes including self-timer mode. Go for the classic black and white or opt for light-hearted and playful orange or mint. $299
Heirloom box. The boxes that hold your loose prints should be as cherished as the memories within. Enter Photo Boxes from our favorite new find, Make & Stow. The boxes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes. Handmade in America, they’re sure to be keepsakes. Add engraving for an additional $20. $78-$158
Power in your hands. They call it “the ultimate camera remote” and we can see why. With Pulse from Alpine Labs, you can control your camera wirelessly from your smartphone. Plug it right into your DSLR or mirrorless camera’s USB port and give yourself the creative freedom to shoot photos, time lapse, or video in real time using an iOS or Android app. $99
Bubblicious bokeh. Lovers of distinct “soap bubble” bokeh, check this out. Meyer-Optik Görlitz’s new Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 lens pairs the best of artistic, classic photography with state-of-the-art technology. Mounts available for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. About $1,700
Sky’s the limit. Has aerial photography caught your eye? Get an expansive view with the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter. This drone features a gimbal-stabilized camera that captures 4K video and 12 megapixel RAW photos. $1,199
Goodbye, stress. If your BFF is a wedding photographer, you’ve heard her vent about long, exhausting wedding shoots. To help her rest and rejuvenate the day after, indulge her with Calm Bath Salts from Herbivore. $18
Imaging excellence. The new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV made its debut amidst well-deserved fanfare. We can see why. Excellent image quality at high ISO, 4K video, a 30.4 megapixel full-frame sensor, built-in Wi-Fi, 61 autofocus points, and a touch-panel LCD are features every pro will appreciate. $3,499
An answer to your digital mess. Is 8TB of capacity enough? Even for those of us who despise culling? The Seagate Backup Plus Hub for Mac has cross-platform compatibility and quick transfer speeds, plus includes two integrated USB 3.0 ports for connecting and charging your devices. It’s fully compatible with Time Machine right out of the box, so you’ll be backed up in no time. $249
Bold brass. Design lovers take note. The new Geo Rail Print Stand from Artifact Uprising is the perfect addition to any desk. Made of solid brass, the print stand holds Square Prints or Signature Prints. $38
Stay, makeup, stay. During your next long shoot, have peace of mind in the staying power of your makeup. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to the rescue. It’s like hairspray for your face, ladies. $30
Perfect presets. The Garden Collection Presets from Click & Company are uncommonly versatile presets for Adobe Lightroom. The lucky receiver of these gems may just have to re-edit all her old photos. They’re that good. $65
Happy walls. The inspired home needs The Artful Shelf from Minted. We love the whitewashed French farmhouse style shelves for displaying treasured art and keepsakes. Shelves range from 2 to 5 feet in length. $85-$152
Handcrafted with heart. Our new obsession is unique art display, and the guys at Stonepress are delivering. Images are printed on smooth stone, then framed in reclaimed wood at a Minnesota workshop. Truly a labor of love, this custom wall display is a show-stopper. $70-$110
Modern bag. Gorgeous color blocking meets camera bag. The Solas bag from Tiny Atlas Quarterly makes the perfect gift for the fashion-forward friend who likes to tote her camera every day. This versatile waxed cotton canvas day bag features a bevy of great extras like a key leash, laptop sleeve and lined zippered pockets. $220
Coffee keeper. The saying on this mug from Strawberry Revolution is the reminder we need to focus and get the last two weeks of shoots edited already. It makes a motivating gift for business owners and hobbyists alike. $16